With the government snubbing both the agitation of farmers and thousands of voices against the ‘three capital’ proposal, high tensions continued to prevail across the Krishna and Guntur districts. While the AP Decentralisation bill got the approval from AP Legislative assembly on Monday, all eyes are now on AP Legislative council, the upper house of the legislature of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The bill needs to pass the Legislative council to take the complete shape on an official note, followed by the approval from Governor. However, the ruling party which is on a hurry to pass the bill by hook or by crook seems to face a hurdle at the council where the main Opposition, TDP has a clear majority.
TDP which has been taking a clear stand against the ‘three capital’ proposal right from day one, now got a chance to stall the bill’s approval. TDP sources revealed that their supremo has already passed clear instruction to the cadre to voice against the bill at the council. If we look into the numbers, the council has a total of 58 members with 34 TDP members while YSRCP has 9 members. The clear majority from TDP is indeed giving the ruling party a tough time. If the bill gets rejected today, it will be sent back to the assembly for debate. However, questions like didn’t Jagan and his team foresee this coming? started taking rounds in political circles. On the other hand, news has it that Jagan has a clear plan to pass the Legislative council’s hurdle. It was reported that Jagan and his ministers called for an emergency meeting to discuss the scenarios and chalked out the plan.
Sources have it that Jagan insisted that the bill be passed by the legislative council at any cost. It is also said that the government is in the process of issuing an ordinance if the bill is not approved in the council. With this said, it will take another six months of delay if the government goes with ordinance option. However, chances are high that the government decision will be challenged in High Court. Rounding this off, political analysts stated that it is inevitable for Jagan-led government to wait for a certain period to see a clear path for the ‘three capital’ proposal.